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Poster: Diamondhead Date: Nov 18, 2013 11:25am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Confession: 39 years after my first show I realize I've always been a Dead Head, and a CREAM fan.

"even YOUR Stevie in SDG,"

Hah, in SDG Stevie was a hired gun - nothing more. And SD resented him anyway.

"Dave Mason, out from under all the others, was more successful solo than w Traffic? Perhaps?"

Imo, no. His first solo record was terrific and I still play it regularly. But his following stuff never quite made it to that level save for some sporadic pop success. And I saw him a couple of times in LA - I loved the sound of his guitar playing. But if I look at the body of music that Traffic created compared to his, then no.

And CSNY? I never really considered them a real group. The Y was a grudging and not fully committed participant.

I guess I'm not saying that individuals coming out of groups didn't make some terrific stuff (I'll admit to loving Don Henley's solo stuff), but overall, there is nothing like the synergy and magic that sometimes happens within groups. Guess that's why I like basketball too.

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Nov 18, 2013 12:03pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Confession: 39 years after my first show I realize I've always been a Dead Head, and a CREAM fan.

Well, Sonny couldn't carry on w/out Cher...altho' The Captain surely didn't need Tenielle. I always thought Danny Partridge should have gone solo while he still had his chops, but....


Sorry, I've clearly lost the thread here. John Fogerty w/out CCR? Does anyone remember who the other band members of CCR were? No, but Fogerty still needed them for his best stuff.
Robbie Robertson did fine solo work w/out The Band, but, c'mon...his true worth still came from THE BAND.

Maybe the better question is: could guys who made their careers solo have made it just as significantly w/a great band around them? Dylan may answer that question. He had some OK moments with the Dead, but overall? Not even a contest. And don;t get me started on the Traveling Willburys.

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Poster: wlg3 Date: Nov 18, 2013 12:44pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Confession: 39 years after my first show I realize I've always been a Dead Head, and a CREAM fan.

Here's one for your better question: Did Rod Stewart need The Faces in the early 70s to propel him to stardom on the late 70s and onward, or might he have eventually gotten there anyway?

(Note: I personally ignore post-Faces Rod, and half the time ignore Faces Rod to concentrate on Woody, Plonk, Mac & Kenney.)

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Poster: William Tell Date: Nov 18, 2013 1:14pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Confession: 39 years after my first show I realize I've always been a Dead Head, and a CREAM fan.

Oh, well, whatever your view, I think you just nailed it: RS defn was HUGE following the 60s, and thus had a much better solo career; in fact, I bet only a few people would actually go along w you/me/any? as to Faces having been "gestalt great" or whatever...ie, most would view he was just slowly maturing, and bingo, nails it.

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Poster: Diamondhead Date: Nov 18, 2013 1:36pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Confession: 39 years after my first show I realize I've always been a Dead Head, and a CREAM fan.

Good point. I think some guys were 'just passing through' on their way to their destinies.